JOPLIN, Mo. —
From staff reports
JOPLIN: Costume making, 10 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. Art Feeds will help children make Halloween costumes. Registration is required. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. An after-school program for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
ALBA: Chili supper, bazaar, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Alba City Hall. Meal: $6, $3 for children 10 and younger. Proceeds benefit Harvey and Mary Cook Fellowship Hall building fund. Details: 417-525-6106.
CARTHAGE: Precious Moments lighting ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Precious Moments Chapel. Event includes music, devotional and speaker. Details: 417-359-2840.
CARL JUNCTION: All-you-can-eat breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Meal: $6, $3 for children 6 and younger. Includes pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy and more. Organized by Carl Junction Lions Club.
CARL JUNCTION: Fundraising soup, sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God, Gum and Highway 171. Proceeds will fund gift basket program for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Details: 417-629-8615.
JOPLIN: PC Chess Club, 6 to 10 p.m. today, Hardee’s, 1641 W. Seventh St. The club offers classes, lectures, training and workshops for children and adults. Details: email@example.com.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
GALENA, KAN.: Farmers market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Seventh and Main streets. Farmers, gardeners and crafters are welcome. Details: 417-438-6396 or 417-529-3191.
JOPLIN: Farmers market, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue. Details: 417-625-4750.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today and Wednesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Fun for 4s and 5s, 10:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. The event is for children 5 and younger. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. Event includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 months old. Details: 417-623-2184.
NEOSHO: Book discussion, 1 p.m. today, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
JOPLIN: “Phra Abhai Mani,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Bud Walton Theatre, Missouri Southern State University. The play is performed with Thai shadow puppets. Tickets: $3; $1 for seniors and students; free for MSSU students and staff. Details: 417-625-3190.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
From staff reports
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- Parents' planner (May 2-8)
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Sarah Coyne: Frustration is part of parenting
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